From Robotic Trash to the Senate’s Sweet Secret: This Week’s Curios


Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week’s Curios covered the future of robotic trash collection, 19th century “prescription” beards, and the sweet history of the U.S. Senate candy desk.

Curio #846 | The Victorian beard movement
In case you haven’t noticed, beards are back in style. Facial hair trends aren’t new–beards have been repeatedly in and out of style throughout recorded history. In the 18th century, men were almost always clean-shaven. Beards were reserved for outcasts and rebels. Then during the mid-19th century, there was a sudden transformation in the face of masculinity. In just a few years around 1850, beards rose to extreme popularity, thanks to the Victorian ‘beard movement.’ The change can be… keep reading.

Curio #845 | The U.S. Senate has a candy desk on the floor
On Halloween, we learned how the candy industry lobbied Congress to extend Daylight Saving Time. Here’s another Congressional candy story. This one’s about the “candy desk” of the U.S. Senate. In 1965, California’s George Murphy joined the Senate. Murphy had a sweet tooth, and kept a drawer of his Senate-floor desk filled with candy. In 1968, Murphy moved to an aisle desk in the last row on the Republican side–near the main entrance to the Senate chamber. This meant more… keep reading.

Curio #844 | These robots don’t drive the cars, they pick up the garbage
Driverless cars seem to be getting most of the robot-related press these days. If you ask me, that’s an idea fraught with peril. But meanwhile the car company Volvo has paired with Sweden’s top waste management firm, Renova, to automote something a bit less sexy: —> Read More